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Common Writing Problems for Non-Native Speakers of English

  1. Article and Noun Problems
  2. Verb Problems
  3. Word Form
  4. Word Order and Sentence Structure
  5. Word Choice
  6. Wordiness
  7. Punctuation and Mechanics
  8. Sentence and Paragraph Coherence
  9. Organization and Stylistic Approach
  10. Documentation and Use of Source Language

Article and Noun Problems

Articles
Definite Articles
Indefinite Articles
Choosing between a and an
Usage Rules for Articles
Nouns
Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Number
Other Noun Topics

Verb Problems

Subject-Verb Agreement
Tense
Progressive Form
Voice
Mood
Auxiliary Verbs
Irregular Verbs
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
Other Verb Topics

Word Form

Nouns NumberPronouns Pronoun Case
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Verbs Nonfinite Verbs
Infinitives
Gerunds
Base Form
Present Participle
Past Participle
Adjectives Demonstrative Adjectives
Participial Adjectives
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
Adverbs Comparative and Superlative AdverbsOther Part of Speech Topics

Word Order and Sentence Structure

Word Order
Ordinary Word Order
Inverted Word Order
Interrogative Sentences
Overloaded Sentences
Sentence Fragments
Subjects
Predicates
Comma Splice
Fused Sentences
Misplaced Modifiers
Other Word Order Topics
Other Clause Structure Topics
Other Sentence Topics

Word Choice

Pronouns Relative Pronouns
that/which/who
Demonstrative Pronouns
Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
Modal Auxiliaries
Prepositions
Biased Language Sexist Language
Ageist Language
Language Biased Against People with Disabilities
Ethnically and Racially Biased Language
Double Negatives
ESL Usage Glossary
Other Word Choice Topics

Wordiness

Wordiness
Passive Voice and Active Voice
Nominalizations
Unnecessary Repetition
Unnecessary Words and Phrases
Other Sentence Topics

Punctuation and Mechanics

Commas Superfluous CommasColons
Semicolons
Question Marks
Apostrophes
Quotation Marks
Dashes
Capitalization
Italics
Numbers
Spelling
Other Punctuation Topics
Other Mechanics Topics

Sentence and Paragraph Coherence

Placement of Phrases and Clauses
Old Information Before New
Important Information in Main Clause
Stringy Sentences
Lack of Parallelism
Choppy Sentences
Dangling Modifiers
Faulty Comparisons
Inappropriate Shifts
Sequence of Tenses
Paragraph Coherence
Transitional Devices
Transitional Words and Phrases
Common Transitional Words and Phrases
Paragraph Unity
Topic Sentences
Other Sentence Topics
Other Paragraph Topics

Organization and Stylistic Approach

Characteristics of Effective Technical Communication
Clarity
Conciseness
Organization
Developing a Detailed Outline
Letters
Oral Presentations
Résumés
Other Document Planning Topics
Other Document Format Topics
Other Document Types

Documentation and Use of Source Language

Using the Language of Your Source Appropriately
Acknowledging Sources
Other Documentation Topics

ESL Writer's Resources

ESL Dictionaries
Grammar and Usage Guides
Other Writer's Resources

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